Space and Time
by Matt Howarth, Sonic Curiosity
This compilation from 2003 features 74 minutes of material sourced from 20 tracks spanning two decades of Roach's prestigious output.
Roach has explored numerous "styles" of ambient electronic music during that period, and all of them are portrayed on this release... from his minimalist atmospherics to his tribal percussive music to his arid guitar compositions. While not arranged in chronological order, the pieces are collated into a pleasant flow of peaks and lulls that suits the material nicely.
The minimal pieces are extremely soothing, inspiring deep introspection and meditation. The tracks that feature tribal percussion are superb examples of a fusion between modern and ancestral moods. While his guitar stylings are comprised of long sustain pastiches that remarkably evoke the American dustbowl.
This release is an excellent opportunity to examine Roach's career in a single sitting. You can expect that "sitting" to deliver you to cerebral depths for a dose of psychic revitalization.